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Historic Spitfire excavation to start in the next few weeks

PUBLISHED: 13:48 19 October 2012 | UPDATED: 12:11 08 January 2013

Historic Spitfire excavation to start in the next few weeks

Historic Spitfire excavation to start in the next few weeks

Dozens of Second World War Spitfires are expected to be excavated in Burma over the next few weeks.



Image courtesy of the National Archives UK

Dozens of Second World War Spitfires are expected to be excavated in Burma over the next few weeks.

The iconic aircraft are thought to have been greased and packed in crates sealed by tar, before being hidden by British forces on the orders of Earl Mountbatten.

The excavation is taking place after an agreement was signed between David Cundall – an aviation enthusiast from Lincolnshire, who has spent sixteen years searching and lobbying for the Spitfires’ recovery – and the Burmese government.

Work is expected to begin by the end of this month. The number of aircraft to be discovered is still unclear, but estimates have put the number at between 20 and 36.

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